Season (Adult / Immature):
National Status: Common
Local Status: Uncommon and thinly distributed or restricted resident.
Local Record: Grade 1 See here for explanation
Flight time: One generation, Jun-Aug.
|Year first recorded||1889||2001||1889|
|Year last recorded||2011||2011||2011|
|Number of records||185||2||374|
|Number of individuals||1094||1||2190|
For the region, we have a total of 374 records from 126 sites. Earliest record on file is in 1889.
For further information refer UK Moths.
Davey, P., 2009: A widespread species in Britain, the larva feeding on various grass species such as cock's-foot (Dactylus glomerata), common couch (Elytrigia repens), meadow grass (Poa spp.) and fescue (Festuca spp.). In Dorset, the moth is common on Portland and frequent very locally on unimproved chalk grassland sites but decreasing; occasional singletons appear in other open habitats but it is virtually absent from woodland. The species has evidently declined since the middle of the last century; "generally distributed and more or less common generally." (W Parkinson Curtis).